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In Chapter Eight, after Daniel returns from Joel's house to Rosh, it is clear that what Daniel dreams about most is being able to raise a group of men who would be part of Rosh's army, that he could use to fight the Romans and chase them out of their land. Note how he dreams of Judas, the last person who tried such a feat:
Judas, with his heroic father and brothers, had dared to rise up and defy the oppressor, and for a time Israel had breathed the free air again. Here in these very mountains Judas, young and daring and cunning as a panther, had hidden from his enemies and taken them by surprise.... There were young men everywhere who longed for such a chance again. Together, he and Joel would find them.
What Daniel dreams of more than anything therefore is being able to liberate his homeland from Roman occupation. What he wants to be able to do is to raise a strong enough force to be able to present them to Rosh so that he can openly resist and defy the Romans, rather than just robbing those that come their way. The dream of Daniel is very fervent: he is not worried about his own glory, but he is focused on the fate of his homeland alone. This of course contrasts him very strongly to Rosh, who is not the patriotic figure Daniel takes him to be.
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